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Cubs Beat Nationals In Error Filled NLDS Game 5, Elliott Suspension Reinstated, Wentz Helps Eagles Win, Combs Wants NFL

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After 4 hours and 37 minutes, the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals in a bizarre, error filled game.  The Cubs were behind one run in the 5th inning, but then Nationals star reliever Max Scherzer came in the game, and everything went downhill. After a complete meltdown by the Nationals, the defending World Series champs the Cubs won 9-8 and move on to the National League Championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Unfortunately for the Nationals, they continue to look for their first post-season win in franchise history. They have lost in the NLDS in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott could miss 6 games after his suspension for domestic violence is reinstated by the U.S. Court of Appeals. The Cowboys are on a bye this week, but the suspension will start immediately.  Other appeals will follow, but Elliott could be out until November 30th.

On Thursday Night Football, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz put on a show with three touchdowns and 222 yards for a 28-23 win over the Carolina Panthers. The Eagles are now 5-1.

With all of the controversy surrounding the NFL these past few seasons, entertainment mogul, Sean Diddy Combs, tweeted he’d be interested in not only owning an NFL team but buying the entire League. “I did have a dream to own a NFL team but now my dream is to own our own league! A league where you can be yourself. Have a retirement plan. . . . Have freedom to be a great human and protest for your people without being demonized for your beliefs as a KING!! NEW DREAM ALERT!!!!”

 

 

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Corruption Charges Agst Basketball Assistants, Wade To Sign With Cavs, DirecTV Offers Refunds For Anthem

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Federal prosecutors in New York are charging four basketball assistant coaches from Division 1 schools (Oklahoma State, Auburn, Arizona and USC) with corruption for accepting bribes in exchange for steering basketball players towards agents, advisors, and apparel companies (specifically Adidas who is accused of paying recruits to sign deals when they turn pro). The FBI has stated this investigation is ongoing and many more individuals and companies could be exposed.

Former Chicago Bulls All-Star, Dwayne Wade, plans to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers when he clears wavers on Wednesday. According to reports, he will sign for a one year veterans minimum of $2.3 million to play alongside his pal, LeBron James.

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DirectTV is offering refunds for fans who are interested in canceling their NFL Sunday Ticket package if they say they are canceling due to the national anthem protests. It’s unclear how many fans are canceling, but one fan who called DirecTV  said,  “I explained to them I was tired of politics in sports, and it’s not how I want to spend my Sunday, watching all that transpire.” According to the fan, the DirecTV representative “insinuated there was a high volume of calls calling into cancel.”

 

 

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Sloane Stephens And Rafael Nadal Win Open, Ezekiel Elliott Big Game, Browns’ Infamous Stat

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Sloane Stephens stunned the sports world when she took home the US Open trophy after beating fellow American Madison Keyes. After an absence of 11 months due to injury and a ranking below 800, she skyrocketed to win her first Grand Slam. After the match, she was asked if she’s motivated to win more and she light-heartedly said, “Of course, girl, did you see that check that that lady handed me? Man, if that doesn’t make you want to play tennis, I don’t know what will!”

On the men’s side, Rafael Nadal beat South African Kevin Anderson for his 16th Grand Slam Title.

 

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The Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott received a huge welcome on Sunday after weeks of speculation about whether he’d be able to play this game or for that matter, the next 6 games. As of Friday, it looks like Elliott will continue to play for awhile as he was granted a preliminary injunction which, according to Elliott, will give him a fair trial and a chance to prove he’s innocent.  For now, the Cowboys are fortunate as Elliott helped the Cowboys overpower the NY Giants 19-3 with his 104 yards rushing

After a loss on Sunday to the Pittsburgh Steelers,  the Cleveland Browns record the infamous stat of not having won a season opener since 2004 when Jeff Garcia was the quarterback. Why is this important? According to USA Today, “teams which go 1-0 are twice as likely to reach the postseason than teams who start 0-1.”

For more highlights/lowlights of week one, click here.

 

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Elliott Admits Drug Use, Luck Activated, UCLA’s Greatest Comeback, USC’s Olson’s Dream Come True

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In Dallas Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott’s domestic abuse hearing, he admitted to using drugs while at Ohio State. Elliott is appealing his 6 game suspension for domestic abuse of his former girlfriend. No word yet on whether he’ll start the season.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has been activated from the physically unable to perform list (PUP) but will still miss at least the first game of the season if not a few weeks more. At $140 million dollars, the Colts are anxious for their franchise quarterback to get back on the field.

On Sunday night in College football, UCLA mounted one of the greatest comebacks in college football history with a 45-44 victory after being down 34 points in the third quarter to Texas A&M. Quarterback Josh Rosen led the Bruins to an epic comeback with 292 yards and four touchdowns all in the fourth quarter.

In a heartwarming moment in college football history, USC’s Jake Olson, a blind long snapper entered the game against Western Michigan in the 4th quarter to snap the ball for an extra point.  Olson lost his left eye when he was 10 months old due to a form of eye cancer. When he was 12 years old, he learned he would need surgery to remove his right eye. Olson grew up a big USC football fan and playing in a game was a dream come true. USC’s coach spoke with Western Michigan’s coach prior to the game and agreed if Olson came in (which would happen if the game was out of reach for either team), the team wouldn’t rush him. He said to the players, “I told them the entire situation and said, ‘You can’t touch him, you can’t yell at him, everybody get down so it looks like a football play but nobody move. I told them, ‘What we’re about to do is bigger than the game. This is about what kind of people we want to be, what we represent; this is bigger than us.’”

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Irving/Thomas Trade Official, Alabama-Florida State Saturday, Gators Suspend 10 Players

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The Boston Celtics-Cleveland Cavaliers blockbuster trade sending Kyrie Irving to the Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas is finally official. The trade almost didn’t happen when Thomas’ physical didn’t go as planned (showing he was still suffering from a hip injury). After the Celtics threw in a 2020 second round draft pick via the Miami Heat, the Cavs accepted the deal.

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The much anticipated college matchups for the week/weekend includes the Ohio State Buckeyes taking on Indiana Thursday night and the heavily hyped Alababama vs Florida State Saturday night (which many anticipate could be a preview of the College Football National Championship).

The Florida Gators are not starting off the season in a good place after having suspended a total of 10 players for their season opener against Michigan. Nine of the players were caught purchasing items from the school bookstore (with funds they didn’t have) and then selling the items for cash. Two players were also suspended for possession of marijuana (with one of the two already suspended in the bookstore scandal).

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Cabrera Starts Bench Clearing Brawl, Kevin Hart Goes To Rams, Mayweather/McGregor Fight Finally Here

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Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera started a bench-clearing brawl when he shoved New York Yankees catcher Austine Romine Thursday afternoon. Cabrera claimed Yankees pitcher Tommy Kahnle aimed a pitch at him. Eight players were ejected in the Tigers 10-6 win over the Yankees. Cabrera defended his actions by saying, “You don’t want to see that. You don’t want to see people hit in the head. You don’t want to see fighting on the field. But people have to understand, we’re human. Sometimes, in the heat of the game, when people throw at you at 97, right at your wrist. You react sometimes.”

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NFL pre-season practices and games are in full swing. Most practices are pretty grueling and boring, but the Los Angles Rams got a treat when comedian Kevin Hart and actor Scott Eastwood showed up for the workout. At the end of the day, a tired Hart told the team he’s a fan!

BOXING

For months we’ve heard about the big fight between undefeated (49-0) 40 year old boxing phenom Floyd Mayweather vs the 29 year old mixed martial artist Conor McGregor. The pay per view spectacle takes place Saturday night August 26th and already ranks as the most bet fight in Nevada history. For more info on the fight and how and where to watch, click here.

 

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Hill’s Almost No-Hitter, Rally Outside NFL HQ In Support Of Kaepernick

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The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Rich Hill mesmerized the crowd on Wednesday night with an almost perfect game. Unfortunately for Hill fans, he lost his incredible moment when the Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison hit a homer in the 10th inning causing Hill to be the first pitcher since 1906 “to lose a decision despite throwing at least nine innings with one or fewer hits and no walks allowed” (according to the Elias Sports Bureau).  Hill’s story is one of perseverance and tragedy, which is why his almost no-hitter was so disappointing to his fans. Hill was taken in the 4th round of the MLB draft in 2002 (out of the University of Michigan) then 8 teams later and a 2014 devastatingly tragic loss of his infant son due to medical complications shaped Hill’s determination and perseverance.  Hill was characteristically classy in complimenting his teammates after the game and said, “I try to keep everything as simple as possible and don’t think of it as bigger than it is.”

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“United We Stand” organized a rally outside the NFL headquarters to demand a meeting with the NFL prior to September 7th, the start of the season, in order to discuss protecting players who are socially active. The crowd voiced their grievances about the treatment of Colin Kaepernick and his inability to get hired by any team in the NFL. Among the 500 people gathered was Stephen A. Green of the People’s Consortium who stated, “We have come today to assert to the NFL that we are demanding that you enact a policy that will protect the freedom of expression of the players to be able to speak about the issues of social justice that matter to them. We are demanding that they be safeguarded from humiliation, from ostracization and from exclusion — so much so that if they find themselves in a predicament that they can fine the NFL. We want to make sure that they continue to speak up for the lives of black and brown people in this country.” NFL Vice President of communication, Brian McCarthy responded to the group by trying to set up a meeting in the coming weeks, but, according to McCarthy, the group declined.

 

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Kyrie Irving Trade To Celtics For Isaiah Thomas, ESPN’s Robert Lee Relocated

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It was no surprise the Cavaliers point guard, Kyrie Irving, wanted out of Cleveland, but the trade with the Boston Celtics appeared lopsided to many sports fans. The Celtics gave up Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the Brooklyn Nets 2018 first round pick for Kyrie. LeBron James took to social media to express his appreciation of his time with Irving and said, “That’s the only way to be to the kid! Special talent/guy! Nothing but respect and what a ride it was our 3 years together Young Gode”.  LeBron and Irving will face each other early on when the Celtics head to Cleveland on October 17th for the first game of the NBA regular season.

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With the recent violence in Charlottesville, VA, ESPN was concerned for their broadcaster Robert Lee, who shares a similar name to the Confederate General Robert E. Lee, whose statue was removed this month. ESPN apparently consulted with their broadcaster and asked if he’d prefer to be relocated from covering the Virginia-William and Mary game, and Lee agreed. ESPN explained the decision by saying, “We collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name. In that moment it felt right to all parties. It’s a shame that this is even a topic of conversation and we regret that who calls play by play for a football game has become an issue.”

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Falcons Chick-fil-A Closed On Sundays, 49ers Lynch Refusing To Stand Divisive,

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The Atlanta Falcons are getting heat for their new billion-dollar stadium and the Chick-fil-A restaurant. As any football fan knows, most games are played on Sunday (other than an occasional Thursday night or Monday night game), and Chick-fil-A is not open on Sundays. According to the restaurant’s website, the founder, Truett Cathy, decided to close the restaurant in 1946, so employees could have a day of rest. Fans have been grilling the team on social media with comments like, “If you ever think you make bad decisions, just remember they’re putting a Chick-Fil-A in the new Falcons stadium”

SF 49ers general manager, John Lynch, weighed in about players sitting for the National Anthem (Raiders Marshawn Lynch and Seahawks Michael Bennett this week sat). Lynch said he personally thinks refusing to stand is “divisive“, but also said, he understands  and “guys see things and they’re not happy. They have that right. And I think we’ll always respect people’s rights. That doesn’t mean I believe that. I believe this game should be celebrated for what it is — I think, a tremendous unifier for our country, and for the way things should be.”

 

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Elliott Suspended 6 Games, Katie Sowers Hired By 49ers, LaVar Ball Loses Shootout W/Ice Cube

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The NFL suspended Dallas Cowboys’ star running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games without pay for domestic violence abuses. The NFL came under intense scrutiny a few years ago for not imposing stricter punishments for violating personal conduct policies, especially in the case of Ray Rice.  The NFL now has new, stricter guidelines and a six game suspension is the minimum requirement. Elliott is the highest profile player to receive this punishment. According to the NFL, his case uncovered “multiple instances of physical violence” against his former girlfriend. The NFL Players Association plans to review the decision and Elliott said he’ll appeal.

Katie Sowers is expected to be hired by the SF 49ers, making her the second female assistant coach in NFL history. Sowers completed an internship this summer in the Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellowship then posted on Facebook she accepted a full time position under Niners coach Kyle Shanahan.

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The controversial LaVar Ball was all bluster and no substance when he lost a shooting contest against rapper/actor Ice Cube during Ice Cube’s BIG3 event.  This probably wouldn’t be much of a story if it wasn’t for the fact LaVar claimed he could beat the great Michael Jordan in his heyday (with one hand tied behind his back).  It sounded as if the entire arena was happy Ball lost.

 

 

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